Leadership Team

Evan Powell

Evan has been the founding CEO of three enterprise infrastructure software companies, Clarus Systems (RVBD), Nexenta Systems, and most recently StackStorm (BRCD). As founding CEO of Nexenta Systems, he helped to reimagine the storage industry as one in which the value of software and freedom from vendor lock-in would predominate. Under his leadership, Nexenta became the leader of the OpenStorage movement and the software defined storage sector, with thousands of customers and hundreds of millions of dollars of annual partner sales.

As founding CEO of StackStorm, Evan helped to create the event driven automation category, building a vibrant open source community leveraging and improving upon approaches used by the largest operators such as Facebook. Prominent StackStorm users include Netflix, Cisco, and Dimension Data. Brocade purchased StackStorm in early 2016.

Currently Evan serves as an advisor and investor in a number of start-ups, including the emerging leader of intelligent object storage, Cloudian, as well as Keewi, TextIQ, Journey Software and others.

Uma Mukkara

Umasankar Mukkara (Uma) has around 20 years of experience as a hands-on developer, architecting scalable products and building energetic teams. Uma has led the product development in the early days of CloudByte. He has led multiple innovations on the multi-tenant storage front and has contributed to more than 10 patents. Prior to CloudByte, he has contributed significantly to the development of Access Management solutions and has a sound understanding of cloud storage and security architecture. Uma also spends significant time in OpenEBS hacking, community engagement and partner eco-system development.

Uma holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and Software Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from S.V.University, Tirupati, India.

Kiran Mova

Kiran Mova is a Passionate Technologist with 17 years of extensive experience working for product companies like Cisco, Lucent, Novell. Kiran has contributed and lead the efforts in performance engineering, simplifying the products in terms of usability, operation and deployment complexities, introducing multi-tenancy and enabling SAAS services in domains like IP/Optical Networks, Storage and Access Management.

At CloudByte, Kiran heads the engineering team and is responsible for architecture, solution design and customer adoption of ElastiStor product. Kiran evangelizes open culture and open source execution models and is currently the maintainer and contributor of the OpenEBS project.

Kiran holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Gulbarga University, Karnataka, India.When he is not busy programming or reading, he loves travelling, photography, blogging and sketching.

Christof Zihlman

Christof is responsible for leading the worldwide sales organization with a goal to increase engagement and customer acquisition across the enterprise. With more than 20 years of international Sales and Sales Management experience, Christof excels at building teams and strategies that grow revenue at both early stage companies and large complex organizations.

He has held leadership roles at Hewlett Packard within the ILM Division and at Data Domain leading sales operations for Switzerland and Austria, yielding 130% growth in revenue during his time.

Evan Powell


Uma Mukkara

Co-Founder & CEO

Sandeep Singhal

Managing Partner, Nexus Venture Partners

Raj Dugar

Managing Partner, Eight Roads Ventures

Sasha Mirchandani

Managing Director, Kae Capital

Christof Zihlman


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